High-performance multimedia ace: the new IGEL UD5 thin client
The IGEL UD5 Universal Desktop thin client features a faster dual-core processor based on an ample memory, making it the ideal unit for playing back demanding multimedia content in virtual IT environments
Reading, UK. 9th December 2014 – IGEL Technology has unveiled a redesigned version of its flagship UD5 thin client. Available from January 13th, 2015, the latest generation of the IGEL UD5 features a brand new housing and even more computing power. This is IGEL’s response to the growing need for bandwidth efficiency and performance. Computing-intensive tasks such as decoding multimedia content, unified communication and other complex applications, which generate a significant load on the client side, can now be handled with ease. A further improved hardware framework featuring an Intel Celeron dual-core processor with up to 2.58 GHz allows users to enjoy all the cost and security benefits of thin clients while taking advantage of their great versatility. The latest version of the IGEL UD5 supports all popular communication protocols such as Citrix HDX, PCoIP or Microsoft RDP including RemoteFX. Visually, the new housing is reminiscent of the IGEL UD3 and offers the same advantages when it comes to connectivity, ease of use and environmental protection.
Based on Intel’s Bay Trail chipset technology, the new UD5 features an Intel Celeron J1800 dual-core CPU with 2.41 GHz or, optionally, with 2.58 GHz. In order to cope with future requirements, the new UD5 comes supplied with a 2 GB main memory (DDR3L-RAM) for all operating system types. The W7+ version also includes up to 8 GB of flash memory in the form of a SATA SSD. IGEL can now also offer bigger flash memory modules upon request. The UD5 impresses with its large number of peripheral ports. One PS/2 port, two serial ports, one PCIe slot and a total of six USB ports (2 x USB 3.0, 4 x USB 2.0) are featured as standard. Options available with the new IGEL UD5 includes an integrated smartcard reader and a connectivity bar. This is available in two versions: with a WLAN module and an additional parallel port or with an anti-theft USB port within the bar itself. Dualview support allowing simultaneous use of two digital monitors via DVI and the display port is standard.
Thanks to its excellent multimedia capabilities, there are practically no limits when using this high-performance device. For example, the UD5 is ideal as a desktop in schools and colleges that need to offer users full-screen HD video playback. Image editing applications, CAD viewers or unified communication, e.g. Microsoft Lync, can also easily be provided using the new IGEL thin client.
The energy-efficient UD5’s extensive hardware is particularly beneficial when it comes to desktop virtualization. In order to speed up multimedia playback on the client side, the thin client can locally decode and smoothly play back flash animations and other video files diverted by the server. This highly effective multimedia redirection method allows the new UD5 to conserve server resources while ensuring the best possible user experience.
New housing for even greater convenience and versatility
Visually, the new UD5 now matches the rest of the product line with an improved, hard-wearing plastic casing. The buttons and sockets on the front have also been redesigned. In order to eliminate a potential source of wear or faults, the new on/off button is touch-sensitive. The new cover for the front USB and audio ports reacts to gentle pressure and is therefore extremely easy to open and close.
In addition to the standard version designed as a standing device for the desk, the UD5 can also be attached to the rear of a monitor with the help of an optional VESA mount adapter. The adapter can be used for the 75 mm and the 100 mm version and rounds off the package when it comes to versatility.
The new IGEL UD5 will be available from 13 January in the following versions: UD5 LX: £399 + vat|IGEL UD5 W7: £450 + vat|IGEL UD5 W7+: £490. Evaluation units for free advance testing can now be ordered online. All prices are net end-customer retail prices. IGEL offers a five-year bring-in warranty. The market-leading IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS) remote management software comes as standard with IGEL devices.
About IGEL Technology
A world leader in thin and zero client solutions, IGEL Technology helps organizations improve the agility, efficiency, and security of their virtual desktop and application delivery systems. IGEL produces one of the industry’s widest range of hardware thin and zero clients, based on Linux and Microsoft Windows, and leads the market in software based thin clients allowing customers to access a broad spectrum of server-based infrastructures and applications. IGEL also offers powerful and intuitive management software for easy deployment and administration of thin clients throughout any size organization. Partnerships with industry leaders like Citrix, VMware, Red Hat, and Microsoft ensure that IGEL provides the most up-to-date technology and trustworthy security to clients in industries that include Healthcare, Education & Research, Public Sector, Financial, Insurance, Retail, Logistics, and Manufacturing. IGEL has offices in the United Kingdom, Australia, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, the United States, Germany, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore and is represented by partners in over 50 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.igel.co.uk or follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/IGEL_Technology